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Population boom for big Labour Day weekend in Horsham

Luke Constatine at 2017 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Dooen.

Luke Constatine at 2017 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Dooen.

By Dean Lawson
One of the Wimmera’s biggest weekends is set to swell as part of a countdown to a world championship motorcycling event in Horsham later this year.
The Labor Day weekend in March, which traditionally features Horsham’s annual fishing contest and other major attractions, will this year also provide the setting for expanded motocross championships at Dooen.
Horsham Motorcycle Club and Motorcycling Australia have confirmed that national junior team selection races, precursors to FIM World Junior Motocross Championships, will be part of the annual amateur championships at Dooen on March 10 and 11. The confirmation means the number of competitors riding in the event will more than double from last year, attracting what organisers expect will be more than 2000 people trackside for the weekend.
Horsham’s annual fishing competition on the Wimmera River at the same time is likely to attract more than 1500 entries, which often equates to about 5000 people who usually set up camp, or visit the river.
Horsham Motorcycle Club spokesman Kenny Watts said the Australian selection races will involve three classes, each expected to have more than 40 competitors. Australian team selectors would be on site assessing the performance of riders.
“This is on top of the amateur titles, which feature the Bronte Holland Memorial 125 Cup, and we’ve had to do a bit of work to squeeze it all in,” Mr Watts said.
“It is going to make the long weekend a mecca of events, not just for motocross but for a broad cross-section of sport in general in the region.
“It is going to be huge – a big weekend for Horsham Motorcycle Club, Horsham and the Wimmera.”
Mr Watts said motocross fans looking forward to the world junior titles in Horsham had an opportunity in March to get a sneak preview of the level of junior talent that would be on display.
“We won’t get every rider who will race for Australia – some are overseas racing at a higher level – but we will get most of them,” he said.
“There is a lot at stake for them and there will be coaching events before the weekend.”
Riders racing for spots on a national team range from youngsters aged 10 to 12 to under-17s.
Some are rated among the best in the world.
They will be in action at the same event featuring a traditionally strong field of senior and junior amateur riders.
Mr Watts said 2018 represented a huge year for the club, which will also host the opening round of Victorian senior motocross titles on April 20 and 21.
He said preparations for the world junior titles on August 26, the first time the international event has ventured to Australia, were non-stop.
“Meetings have pretty much become weekly. There is a lot involved and it’s just massive for our club and for Horsham,” he said.

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